2012 Mazda 3 Sedan Blue

More than half of Canada’s 20 best-selling cars in July 2011 didn’t sell as well as they did in July 2010. The third-ranked Honda Civic slid 23.3%; the Mazda 3 was down 22.1%; the Cobalt-replacing Chevrolet Cruze fell 11% in comparison to the Cobalt’s performance from last year; and the 2012 Ford Focus was off 13%. The overall market, you may recall, was down 4.9%.

For the third consecutive month the Hyundai Elantra was the best-selling car in Canada. Though it trails the Honda Civic year-to-date, its seven-month total is now just 923 sales behind the Honda. Elantra sales rose 47.9% in July. 3437 Elantra sedans were sold last month along with 1331 Elantra Touring wagons. Those are 51.5% and 39.5% improvements, respectively, leading to best-ever Julys for both Elantra bodystyles. 

Unusually, there are no luxury brands represented in Canada’s best-selling cars table in this edition. BMW 3-Series sales fell 16.4% to 943 in July 2011. The 3-Series would have fell into 22nd spot had our group been larger Just missing from the Top 20 was the Mazda 2, by no means a luxury car, but a fun-to-drive hatch that’s surely stealing some of the Mazda 3’s customers. Mazda sold 4812 2s and 3s in July 2010 and 4577 last month, not a dreadful loss given that the market tumbled just as far. Sales of the 21st-ranked Mazda 2 were up 493%.

Have a good look at this July 2011 Top 20 Best-Selling Cars In Canada table, then click over and scan the American version. Strengthen your eye prescription if you can’t see the stark differences.

Rank
Car
Status
July 2011
July 2010
Year-To-Date
#1
Hyundai Elantra
4768 3223 29,051
#2
Mazda 3
3623 4651 22,069
#3
Honda Civic
3603 4699 29,974
#4
Chevrolet Cruze/Cobalt
2928 3290 22,055
#5
Ford Focus
2750 3162 15,409
#6
Toyota Corolla
2721 3042 21,574
#7
Ford Fusion
2465 1793 12,619
#8
Hyundai Accent
2334 2733 13,638
#9
Volkswagen Jetta
2323 1206 16,391
#10
Nissan Versa
1620 2286 9704
#11
Kia Forte
1573 1221 9311
#12
Nissan Sentra
1367 1337 9193
#13
Volkswagen Golf
1293 1489 8306
#14
Ford Fiesta
1291 386 8435
#15
Honda Accord
1171 1124 5431
#16
Hyundai Sonata
1160 1162 10,429
#17
Toyota Camry
1126 1323 5968
#18
Nissan Altima
1121 1030 8959
#19
Toyota Matrix
1014 1550 8168
#20
Kia Soul
955 1294 6851

Source: Manufacturers And Automotive News Data Center

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